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How FFS helped Paul Gee finish in FPL top two

Membership with Fantasy Football Scout helped Paul Gee to his “greatest Fantasy Premier League achievement” this season as he finished second in the whole world.

On a dramatic final day, the 33-year-old electrical engineer from Leeds was just 17 minutes away from winning the FPL title before a Josh King goal robbed him of a clean sheet double up on Burnley’s defence.

However, Paul admitted he has very few complaints after 2017/18 proved his best ever campaign, with FFS playing a big part.

Tools for Success

“The website for the last eight years has been my number one tool to success,” Paul told FFS.

“I’ve achieved three top 5,000 finishes and have never finished below 50,000 in the time I have been a member.

“Finishing second in the world and as the top FFS member felt great. It is my greatest FPL achievement, which I didn’t think would be possible for me.

“I put a lot of effort into it, from planning my team in Gameweek 1 right the way through to Gameweek 38.

“Just like a lot of other guys on FFS, I love reading all the opinions on every player and tactic. They all share a common interest with me.

“A lot of my mates mock me for how serious I take it. I know the fixture lists off-by-heart. So I have to thank the ‘ROFL bois’ and my wife for not killing me this year!”

The Leeds United fan cited FFS tools such as the season ticker and expected goals table, as well as having discussions with other members, as the key reasons behind his success in 2017/18.

“The forums on their own are so valuable,” he explained.

“Some of the guys created spreadsheets for defensive rotations and this proved a key part of my success this season.

“This meant I would never take a hit on a cheap defender. You have to use your squad and not take a hit early on. If you get your rotation right you don’t need to take hits.

“I like to try and get a good rotation with the fifth midfielder and the third striker and play 3-5-2 or my favourite formation 3-4-3.

“I always like to use the goals imminent table too, if I couldn’t make my mind up about a transfer.

“I also like to play the fixtures, so a key part of being an FFS member is the season ticker. I can’t explain how important this has been to me.

“Most importantly, for me, the key part of FFS is the community. There are a lot of guys putting so much effort into it such as creating tables discussing tactics, which are invaluable. So maybe I should share all my prizes with you, or maybe not!”

Final Day Drama

However, all the research in the world could not prepare Paul for a rollercoaster of emotions that was the final day of the season. Having made just one change to his side, signing Mohamed Salah for Dele Alli, it was an inauspicious start to Gameweek 38.

He said: “I use Twitter to get the team sheets from their respective club account and I knew straight away that Gabriel Jesus and Pascal Gross were benched.

“I felt totally gutted because the two transfers I had in mind for the hit that I didn’t do was Jesus to Alexandre Lacazette for a differential and Gross to Wilfried Zaha.

“I went through all my opponents’ teams and saw that Bharat Dhody (then leader) had lots of players out and, crucially, he had no bench with Ashley Barnes injured. I thought Faisal Idris in second place had it won.

“I was, however, aware that Yusuf Sheikh had the Triple Captain chip left and I was pretty sure he would give Salah the armband.

“I just thought that with my advantage of about 12 points I would be able to hold him off with no points hits, but he played the game very well.”

Paul ended 2017/18 with 2504 points after a Gameweek score of 72, which proved just eight short of eventual winner Yusuf from Tanzania. It could have been ever better for him though, and, at one stage, he was top of the pile.

“I spent all afternoon refreshing the squads of the other teams,” Paul revealed.

“At first I wasn’t that nervous. I honestly felt that with looking at the teams, after all the players that had been rotated, that I had no chance making up the points.

“The first goal that went in for me was really early on with Jamie Vardy getting the opener for Leicester at Wembley.

“My Dad and I went mad! That’s when I started dreaming of glory.”

The Burnley Defence

“By the second half I knew that the Burnley defence was key to me doing really really well. Getting first place would ride on their clean sheet.

“I knew I was going to be doubling up since my Gameweek 32 Wildcard. At that time Burnley were keeping a only few clean sheets, so I wasn’t so confident at the start of the Gameweek because of their recent defensive form.

“By the time it got to the 73rd minute it was, unbelievably, still on, and I really started to feel the heat then.

“I knew at the back of my mind I was winning the whole thing. I had worked out that my overall position was first place, but I refused to look at the game by that point. I think the wife, thought I was losing it I was that nervous.”

It all changed in the 74th minute when Callum Wilson equalised for Bournemouth, wiping out eight of Paul’s points and robbing Tarkowski and Lowton of a clean sheet.

“I was devastated,” Paul revealed. “But in a way I was still happy because at that point I knew I had clinched a top three finish, with a bit of mental maths. I had seen that Faisal and Bharat (the previous top two) were having absolute stinkers by their high standards.

“Very soon after losing the clean sheet, Vardy scored his second against Spurs. I knew he was my ultimate differential and he was doing his job.”

The signing of Vardy on his Wildcard in Gameweek 32 was another decision influenced by FFS. Going into the final day of the season, he was one of the differentials Paul hoped would claim him the title.

Key Decisions

He explained: “My plan had been to try and push for third, as that’s where the FPL prizes started. Looking at all the other teams above, over-all they seemed a lot stronger than mine.

“I had to rely on the differentials I had over the others, such as Vardy and Marko Arnautovic.

“I saw Vardy’s record away against the top sides in the league and this was backed up by an article I read on FFS, which helped me a lot.”

Paul was one of just two managers in the top five who was able to sign Salah back into his side for Gameweek 38 without having to take a points hit, which made a big difference for him in the end.

“Re-signing Salah was my plan all along,” Paul revealed.

“I knew a lot of the guys would go all out to spend every last penny, forgetting about the final crucial Gameweek 38. If I went with Salah I knew I would captain him. I knew that captaining him could be a slight differential because the other guys might try to be too clever with their choices.

“I was aware there was only two of us in the top five who could get him hit free, so I would make four points up straight away. It turns out it really was crucial that I didn’t take a hit because I beat Bharat into second by four points.”

432 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Darth_Krid
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    10 days, 14 hours ago

    Loving the amount of Hot Topics being created; it's a great way to fuel discussion and read interesting posts at a time when the site probably has the least traffic.

    1. Witty Pun: The Casual
        10 days, 14 hours ago

        Agreed. This is the best time of the year for quality discussion. I wish it could stay like this all through pre season, but as soon as prices are released we will be taking a big hit

        1. Darth_Krid
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          10 days, 14 hours ago

          World Cup fantasy game is launched next week! 😉

          1. FFFrøg⭐️
              10 days, 14 hours ago

              Which one??

              1. STEP ROVERS
                  10 days, 11 hours ago

                  Golden Archies

          2. Flapjack ✅
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            10 days, 14 hours ago

            Ironically. It’s the time of year where every post is basically a hot topic.

            Mods must be bored 😉

          3. el polako
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            10 days, 14 hours ago

            Next season should I go:
            a) 4 4 2
            b) 3 5 2
            c) 3 4 3

            Please help me decide now !!!!!!!111

            As soon as I get formation I will post RMT.

        2. dunas_dog
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          10 days, 14 hours ago

          If Ranieri should end up at West Ham- Good appointment for taking West Ham forward or not?

          1. el polako
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            10 days, 13 hours ago

            Might be a good shout but to be honest who's manager is not the biggest issue at West Ham.
            Problem is the board, its transfer policy and lack of forward planning.
            Plus looks like they are not pulling in the same direction.
            Less than 24hours before Moyes was sacked Gold said in a interview that he hopes that Moyes will stay, then boom and Moyes is sacked.
            Sulivan got 51% of the sahres he is calling all the shots go figure...
            How we can be seen as serious club if our owners dont treat each other seriously ?

        3. 32chickens
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          10 days, 13 hours ago

          Pep signs extension to 2021
          - so he's not going to West spam...

        4. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          10 days, 13 hours ago

          "How FFS helped Paul Gee finish in FPL top two"

          Why not just say he came 2nd? 😀

          1. el polako
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            10 days, 13 hours ago

            During cold war two athlets took part in a 100 meter sprint. American won ahed of Soviet. The next day russian press wrote "Our sprinter finished in a great 2nd place of a very prestigious run, american sprinter came one before last".

          2. *sigh*
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            10 days, 13 hours ago

            Like your Mam

            1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              10 days, 13 hours ago

              Just like the guy who came 2nd my Mam also likes rimming.

              1. PumpkinHead
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                10 days, 13 hours ago

                Hahah

          3. Ógie
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            10 days, 13 hours ago

            I am waiting in anticipation of the next article.
            How FFS scoutcast curse lost the crown for Bharat Dhody.

            1. Limited & Mediocre Mana…
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              10 days, 13 hours ago

              😆

          4. Adam West
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            10 days, 13 hours ago

            Stop being such a hater 😉 . Not every day FFS get to claim credit for the second place trophy

            1. PumpkinHead
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              10 days, 13 hours ago

              😆

              Number 1 or GTFO

              1. Triggerlips
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                10 days, 12 hours ago

                Ffs so many members who have all the best info that it actually a failure when one does not come first

        5. Spike ⚽️
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          10 days, 13 hours ago

          No one ever remembers who came second!

          1. Spike ⚽️
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            10 days, 13 hours ago

            Except if you're a Man U fan of course!

          2. el polako
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            10 days, 13 hours ago

            Girls do.

            1. Spike ⚽️
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              10 days, 13 hours ago

              Wrong forum. You want tumblr for that discussion!

            2. Limited & Mediocre Mana…
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              10 days, 13 hours ago

              😆

            3. arndff_
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              10 days, 12 hours ago

              😆 😆

        6. Ógie
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          10 days, 13 hours ago

          Did i see someone mention that some of the guys at top of the FFS league and members league only joined in the closing weeks?

          I have said it before,i believe that when running such a league you need to have a cut off point for entry it is an injustice on the managers fighting it out to win what is seen by some as a prestigious league that some guy joins the league in gw37 and ruins the race imo.

          1. Spike ⚽️
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            10 days, 13 hours ago

            Good point

          2. Mark
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            10 days, 13 hours ago

            Bharat joined the open league with a three weeks to go, though I'd asked him a few weeks earlier - he wasn't in the members league. Paul's been a member and in our leagues for several seasons as has Faisal.

            I agree on a cut-off but really, it needs to be imposed by the game. We could set an example, but I doubt others would give a damn!

            1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              10 days, 13 hours ago

              You can stop entry to the league in the settings on FPL can't you?

            2. Ógie
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              10 days, 13 hours ago

              Maybe FFS could run two leagues in parallel to the two that currently being run.

              Members from gw1 league and FFS from gw1 league.

              I have some experience of how it can feel because last season i was having an epic battle at the top of the members league with Billy Katsu and some guy joined in gw36 or 37 to take first spot and the league just lost all credibility for me.

              1. Mark
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • Has Moderation Rights
                9 days, 14 hours ago

                Sorry to hear that Ogie. I remember the Katsu battle but can't recall who joined late one - I'm sure I didn't invite them but, of course, we didn't lock the league. Like I say, I'd like all leagues should be locked at some point - perhaps with six GWs to go.

            3. FPLchess.net
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              10 days, 45 mins ago

              I stopped two guys joining the FPL Chess League in GW34, and then I ticked the cut off box. It didn't seem fair that they'd go straight to the top of the league. Any opinions on the best week to pull the plug on new members? GW19 perhaps?

          3. Limited & Mediocre Mana…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            10 days, 13 hours ago

            I agree. "Best league" is irrelevant as far as I'm concerned.

            1. Mark
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              10 days, 13 hours ago

              Yeah, I reckon it could be scrapped unless more is made of it or its governed better. When there were managers getting cash prizes for joining in final Gameweeks it was getting a bit silly. At least that's better now (I think).

              When the members league is up there its more meaningful (for me) because that is created from scratch every season and is more exclusive I guess.

          4. FC Lackless [BALEGIUM]
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            9 days, 14 hours ago

            THIS

            1. FC Lackless [BALEGIUM]
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              9 days, 14 hours ago

              A massive own goal that leaves a nasty taste for those who were battling it out at the top all season

              1. Mark
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • Has Moderation Rights
                9 days, 13 hours ago

                Yeah, see above, I wouldn't do it again. I wanted to get Bharat on the ScoutCast and, at the same time, asked him to join our league to add context to that. Regret it now, won't do it again. In my defence, he was an FFS user (since 2014) so there was no headhunting involved.

        7. Grounderz
            10 days, 13 hours ago

            Just seen that Vardy started the season with a brace... and ended the season with another brace.

            1. Mark
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              10 days, 13 hours ago

              I dont' want to see him rise in price next season. We might be buggered in the mid-price if that's the case.

              1. PumpkinHead
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                10 days, 13 hours ago

                Nah we still got Bentekke. Don't be greedy

                1. CloudSky
                    10 days, 13 hours ago

                    And Gabbi. Never forget.

                    1. PumpkinHead
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      10 days, 13 hours ago

                      * throws up*

                  • Mark
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • Has Moderation Rights
                    10 days, 13 hours ago

                    Genuinely, I fear a bit for that position unless there's more choice. 4-5-1 with two budgets could be the new default.

                    1. CloudSky
                        10 days, 13 hours ago

                        Falcao in Wolves shirt at 8.5 and we gucci.

                      • PumpkinHead
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        10 days, 13 hours ago

                        I can see Arnie being a mid priced striker. They may even mix it up and turn players like Son into a forward player, giving more mid priced options. Or yes it could end up like season before last where forward options were limited

                        1. badgerboy
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          10 days, 13 hours ago

                          Yeah can see that. Josh King will surely drop back to a mid. Hope Charlie Austin has a injury free summer, just laying in a hammock.

                          1. PumpkinHead
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            10 days, 13 hours ago

                            Agreed. Although expect an hammock incident which includes Charlie not being available for a while

                      • Flapjack ✅
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        10 days, 12 hours ago

                        Yeah I was pondering this as strikers seem so weak right now.

                        However something Jonty said on the Scoutcast about keeping the team flexible sort of makes a lot of sense. So two heavy hitters then spread the money evenly throughout the first 11/12 so we can adapt quicker.

                        Go 451 with Auba for example and then Kane and Aguero start firing you’re facing a lot of hits !

              2. Numb
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                10 days, 13 hours ago

                So, Paul Gee says how much the FFS community have helped him in coming 2nd and yet the sum total of what he has given back to it is a few boast posts?

                https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/profiles/up-the-arshavin/

                Why do you want to promote someone like that??

                1. Numb
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  10 days, 13 hours ago

                  "the key part of FFS is the community. There are a lot of guys putting so much effort into it such as creating tables discussing tactics, which are invaluable"

                  “Just like a lot of other guys on FFS, I love reading all the opinions on every player and tactic. They all share a common interest with me."

                  But everyone was like him there wouldn't be any of this stuff to read.

                  Sorry, but this has annoyed me.

                  1. Old Schoolᴼˢ - Absinthe …
                      10 days, 12 hours ago

                      Just read through his contributions to the site...

                      I know I stopped contributing properly years ago but at least I did once upon a time when this place was actually a community

                  2. Syd.
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    10 days, 13 hours ago

                    A true lurker

                    Definitely doesn’t deserve an article like this since he appears to contribute zilch

                    1. Mark
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • Has Moderation Rights
                      9 days, 13 hours ago

                      Might just be that Paul is a good FPL manager but not great at posting online and in communities.

                      This is about the only site that I post on and I used to be an online journanlist and a marketing manager for a games company - I hated posting on forums.

                      We have lots of "lurkers" who don't post but that shouldn't influence our opportunity to feature them when they achieve something like this. Tom Fenley wasn't a prolific poster by any means when he won it.

                  3. Old Schoolᴼˢ - Absinthe …
                      10 days, 12 hours ago

                      You have to be kidding me...

                    • G-Whizz
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • Has Moderation Rights
                      10 days, 12 hours ago

                      I understand your point and I've yet to read the article (!) but could it be they're not promoting the person but the site itself?
                      Showing what advantages there are to being a member here?
                      I'll give it a read now...

                      1. Numb
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        10 days, 12 hours ago

                        He does mention some of the tools but he also talks a lot about the "community", "forum" (assume he means comments) etc - I'm just saying that if everyone was like him and leeched off others' comments and knowledge then there'd be no comments and knowledge on here.

                        1. G-Whizz
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • Has Moderation Rights
                          10 days, 12 hours ago

                          No honestly I do get your point 🙂

                    • SUAREZ_MESSI_COUTINHO
                        10 days, 12 hours ago

                        That comment history is hilarious. 😀

                        I hope he puts 'Finished 2nd in FPL 2017-18' on his CV.

                      • Team Cruel
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        10 days, 12 hours ago

                        I'm taking these articles with a massive pinch of salt after the OR1 at the time was allowed to join the FFS league in GW37. Makes you wonder how many of the others in the top 50 also joined late on because they had an amazing OR. Makes a complete mockery of the league.

                        1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          10 days, 12 hours ago

                          Wouldn't surprise me if those at the top are "tapped up" and asked to join.

                          1. SUAREZ_MESSI_COUTINHO
                              10 days, 12 hours ago

                              "Bharat joined the open league with a three weeks to go, though I'd asked him a few weeks earlier - he wasn't in the members league. "

                              1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                10 days, 12 hours ago

                                Ha, there we have it.

                                1. Mark
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • Has Moderation Rights
                                  9 days, 14 hours ago

                                  Bharat has been visiting the site since 2014 and was posting back then - I wouldn't have invited him to join our league if he wasn't an actual user of the site. I mailed him when he recently started posting again. I don't think it's out of order to ask an FFS user to join the FFS league. Recruiting non FFS users is a different matter.

                                  In hindsight, I won't do it again but in truth I was just chuffed that an FFS user was top and want to congratulate him and get him on the ScoutCast, which we did and it was a good episode enjoyed by many.

                                  As for Paul, he's been a registered user and member since 2010. Not sure if he joined the members league every season as we scrap and start again but he joined this season of his own accord.

                            • Team Cruel
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              10 days, 12 hours ago

                              Yeah it's been confirmed by the mods that he was encouraged to join the league. Cynical stuff.

                              1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                10 days, 12 hours ago

                                Where do they get their contact details from?

                                1. badgerboy
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  10 days, 12 hours ago

                                  Cambridge Analytica. Allegedly. Possibly. Maybe.

                                2. Sánchez
                                    10 days, 11 hours ago

                                    This is something I've wondered.
                                    I've noticed they also know who's who on here even when you don't link your team.
                                    I asked about that once and got told they it was from svore checks.
                                    Never understood that one

                                    1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      10 days, 11 hours ago

                                      I mean it's possible to do a bit of research to work out who some people are and what their teams are based on posts, but to get hold of and use their contact details is all kinds of dodgy.

                                      1. Sánchez
                                          10 days, 11 hours ago

                                          Possible but from 5m teams? Would take alot of work cross referencing all those score checks.

                                          I'm guessing we've all ticked a box on fpl saying we agree they can share our details with partner companies

                                          1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            10 days, 11 hours ago

                                            This is what is says.

                                            "HOW WE WILL USE YOUR INFORMATION

                                            We will ordinarily only use your personal information to send you information which you have requested or to otherwise respond to you. We also use and disclose general data regarding your information (which does not identify you as an individual) for the purpose of administering and developing our website.

                                            DISCLOSURE OF YOUR INFORMATION

                                            All personal information you submit to us will be held in accordance with our responsibilities under the Data Protection Act 1998 and related legislation. As a consequence we will not disclose your personal information to any third party other than:

                                            as required as a matter of law;
                                            in the reasonable enforcement of our contractual rights;
                                            to identify or resolve technical problems arising from the use of our website;
                                            to deal with complaints from any party regarding the operation of our website;
                                            as otherwise set out in this Privacy Policy or in those parts of the Website where we collect your personal details."

                            • Fantastisk
                                10 days, 12 hours ago

                                MEEEOOOWWW!

                              • Numb
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                10 days, 12 hours ago

                                I'd rather see interviews with people who have tried to help others on here over the years like Balders, Evs, Smarty Pants, G-Whizz, Perchino, etc etc

                                1. Numb
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  10 days, 12 hours ago

                                  Epic Fail another

                                  1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    10 days, 12 hours ago

                                    I do help from time to time but you have to wade through my arsey sarcastic replies to find the helpful ones. But there are some.

                                    1. wulfranian
                                        10 days, 12 hours ago

                                        Undoubtedly,you are a very good manager.Imho many people here would like to see more helpful replies from you.

                                        1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          10 days, 11 hours ago

                                          Depends on how the person asks. I'm not a big fan of spoon feeding, but advice is all good.

                                      • Numb
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        10 days, 11 hours ago

                                        Nah, I've seen you helping a lot of people, you've been busted 🙂

                                  2. badgerboy
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    10 days, 12 hours ago

                                    It's a shame Bowstring couldn't push on at the end of the season.

                                    1. G-Whizz
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • Has Moderation Rights
                                      10 days, 12 hours ago

                                      Great guy was a good watch on the Scoutcast too!

                                  3. Steve
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    10 days, 12 hours ago

                                    Evs, now there’s someone I’ve not seen around for a while. Anyone know where/how he is?

                                    1. Athletico Timbo
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      10 days, 12 hours ago

                                      He's retired from fpl. Packed in halfway through this season.

                                      1. Steve
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        10 days, 12 hours ago

                                        Thanks, that’s a shame. Nice guy and had some good ranks too. I was tempted to jack it in this season too, shocking compared to my usual standard

                                        1. Athletico Timbo
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          10 days, 11 hours ago

                                          I imagine that was his idea. If you've not much time to spend on it the rank will suffer.

                                      2. Gnu
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        10 days, 11 hours ago

                                        I wish Epic Fail would retire.

                                        😉

                                2. Limited & Mediocre Mana…
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  10 days, 12 hours ago

                                  Thanks for this post. I admit I thought it was bizarre he's waxing lyrical when I'd only seen one post from him, when he came on here once he got to 3rd OR. Obviously no obligation to contribute if you're here and/or a member, but the whole community/forum/opinions stuff is a bit disingenuous if you're not an active member of any real discussions..

                                3. speedyboyzz
                                    10 days, 12 hours ago

                                    Hot topic

                                  • Limited & Mediocre Mana…
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    10 days, 11 hours ago

                                    Ok maybe we're being a bit harsh - he's been a part of FFS for over seven years. Maybe he's done his time and just doesn't post much anymore.

                                    https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/2010/10/29/metro-tips-gameweek-ten/?hc_page=6#hc_comment_85990

                                    1. Flapjack ✅
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      10 days, 11 hours ago

                                      Exactly. Many of us who have been posting for several years have changes in circumstances all the time.

                                      Still. I’d rather a regular chap did well than a random

                                  • DavidMunday815
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    9 days, 14 hours ago

                                    Hi Numb,

                                    Thanks for commenting on this story.

                                    Apologies for the delay in getting back to you. Myself and the rest of the FFS team have been off-site planning our coverage for the 2018/19 season.

                                    Personally, I think Paul has given back to the FFS community by publicly giving them the credit they deserve for helping him get to second in the world.

                                    I’d like to think that his comments are more likely to increase interest in the features he’s mentioned and will encourage more people to join the community and help build it up even more.

                                    As for why we’ve chosen to promote him, Paul was just a Burnley clean sheet away from winning FPL this season. He has supported this site as a member for eight years and I believe it would have been unfair not to speak to him in light of his achievements in FPL this season.

                                    Maybe it is a shame that Paul hasn’t commented more and we are keen to get him more plugged in with the community.

                                    During our current planning meeting, we have actually been discussing how we can get people from the FFS community more involved in our editorial content next season. You were actually one of the names mentioned. Hopefully those who are active on the site will have more of an opportunity to be play a part in what we do and will be keen to get involved.

                                4. feed feo
                                    10 days, 12 hours ago

                                    Onanism is rife! to paraphrase a great contributor!

                                    1. badgerboy
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      10 days, 12 hours ago

                                      +42

                                    2. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      10 days, 12 hours ago

                                      I think Doosra says this too.

                                      1. SUAREZ_MESSI_COUTINHO
                                          10 days, 12 hours ago

                                          This

                                        • Athletico Timbo
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          10 days, 12 hours ago

                                          😀

                                    3. Team Cruel
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      10 days, 12 hours ago

                                      "[...]before a Callum Wilson goal robbed him of a clean sheet double up on Burnley’s defence."

                                      CS are gone at the second goal you concede? If so then I've been been robbed of about 20 double Burnley clean sheets this season.

                                    4. diesel001
                                        10 days, 12 hours ago

                                        Personally think Sven is talking a load of crap here:

                                        https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/44163141

                                        Still feel as if our (i) tactical nous is lacking (i.e. if we're going to park the bus - let's do it properly and not be embarassed - it is about winning, not how you win) and (ii) we don't play as a team (i.e. too many egos who believe they are the main player - choose one and make the team work to support your main player - like Portugal do for Ronaldo)

                                        1. Limited & Mediocre Mana…
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          10 days, 12 hours ago

                                          Sven- Goran "they are not players, they are cultural architects" Eriksson

                                      • Waynoo
                                          10 days, 12 hours ago

                                          no laca in french squad

                                          1. Yome
                                              10 days, 12 hours ago

                                              Deschamps preferred Giroud, Griezmann, Fekir and Mbappe for the strikers.

                                          2. Yome
                                              10 days, 12 hours ago

                                              France squad for WC:
                                              Gardiens (3) : Hugo Lloris (Tottenham/ANG), Steve Mandanda (OM), Alphonse Areola (PSG).
                                              Défénseurs (8) : Djibril Sidibé (Monaco), Benjamin Pavard (Stuttgart/ALL), Samuel Umtiti (FC Barcelone), Raphaël Varane (Real Madrid), Presnel Kimpembe (PSG), Adil Rami (OM), Benjamin Mendy (Man. City/ANG), Lucas Hernandez (Atlético de Madrid/ESP).
                                              Milieux (5) : Paul Pogba (Man. United/ANG), Corentin Tolisso (Bayern Munich/ALL), Blaise Matuidi (Juventus Turin/ITA), Ngolo Kanté (Chelsea/ANG), Steven Nzonzi (Séville FC/ESP)
                                              Attaquants (7) : Antoine Griezmann (Atlético de Madrid/ESP), Olivier Giroud (Chelsea/ANG), Kylian Mbappé (PSG), Ousmane Dembélé (FC Barcelone/ESP), Florian Thauvin (OM), Nabil Fekir (Lyon), Thomas Lemar (Monaco).

                                              11 in reserve:
                                              Wissam Ben Yedder (Séville FC), Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich), Benoît Costil (Bordeaux), Mathieu Debuchy (Saint-Etienne), Lucas Digne (FC Barcelone), Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal), Anthony Martial (Man. United), Adrien Rabiot (PSG), Mamadou Sakho (Crystal Palace), Moussa Sissoko (Tottenham), Kurt Zouma (Stoke City).

                                              So no Lacazette, Martial, Payet (injured), Rabiot...

                                              1. badgerboy
                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                10 days, 12 hours ago

                                                Mon dieu! Le Donk dans le attaquants!

                                              2. I Member
                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                10 days, 12 hours ago

                                                Best squad going to the tournament. Ridiculous depth.

                                              3. The Mighty Hippo
                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                10 days, 11 hours ago

                                                Interesting to see that Mendy is going, given his lack of games due to injury this season.

                                            • Random Name
                                                10 days, 12 hours ago

                                                No Lacazette in French squad. Scandal.

                                                This will light a huge fire under him - A Lacazette with something to prove next season will be an essential lacazette.

                                                1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                  10 days, 12 hours ago

                                                  When has this happened before?

                                                  1. Random Name
                                                      10 days, 12 hours ago

                                                      When has what happened before?

                                                      1. Klopptomist
                                                          10 days, 12 hours ago

                                                          You banging on about Laca being essential and then him being very much not

                                                          1. Random Name
                                                              10 days, 12 hours ago

                                                              more points than morata and jesus

                                                              1. Klopptomist
                                                                  10 days, 12 hours ago

                                                                  And fewer points than Vardy, Firmino, Aguero (who spent a fair chunk injured), Kane - two of which were cheaper

                                                                  1. Random Name
                                                                      10 days, 12 hours ago

                                                                      Aguero - 39 apps this season all competitions

                                                                      Lacazette - 38 apps this season all competitions

                                                                      1. Klopptomist
                                                                          10 days, 12 hours ago

                                                                          You've conveniently ignored my other examples. Who cares how many CL appearances Aguero made anyway? Bein injured and unavailable is different to being rotated/dropped

                                                                          1. Random Name
                                                                              10 days, 11 hours ago

                                                                              Yes because respectfully your other examples don't matter.

                                                                              Are De bruyne, Eriksen, Mahrez, Sane, Alli etc. no longer viable options because Sterling who was cheaper got more points?

                                                                              1. Klopptomist
                                                                                  10 days, 11 hours ago

                                                                                  I didn't say he wasn't a viable option. I said he wasn't essential 🙂

                                                                                • Klopptomist
                                                                                    10 days, 11 hours ago

                                                                                    Also you have 5 mid slots. 3 striker slots - logically filling the slots with cheaper better scoring players will be the optimal strategy

                                                                      2. badgerboy
                                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                        10 days, 12 hours ago

                                                                        Epic fires up his Google search comment finder again!

                                                                  2. Klopptomist
                                                                      10 days, 12 hours ago

                                                                      Lol

                                                                    • speedyboyzz
                                                                        10 days, 12 hours ago

                                                                        Not if Arteta becomes our manager.

                                                                        1. Random Name
                                                                            10 days, 12 hours ago

                                                                            He won't

                                                                            1. speedyboyzz
                                                                                10 days, 11 hours ago

                                                                                He's the no 1 choice now with Allegri staying at Juve. And knowing the board,I can totally see Arteta being given the job.

                                                                        2. CloudSky
                                                                            10 days, 12 hours ago

                                                                            France players NOT selected for the 2018 World Cup squad:

                                                                            Karim Benzema
                                                                            Dimitri Payet
                                                                            Anthony Martial
                                                                            Alexandre Lacazette
                                                                            Aymeric Laporte
                                                                            Kingsley Coman
                                                                            Andre-Pierre Gignac
                                                                            Adrien Rabiot
                                                                            Wissam Ben Yedder

                                                                            Meanwhile Southgate had to choose between Welbz and Walcott. 😀

                                                                            This also means that basically the whole Arsenal team (Laca, Auba, Mkhi, Ramsey, etc.) has a free summer. Might see triple ups in GW1.

                                                                            1. Random Name
                                                                                10 days, 12 hours ago

                                                                                Lacazette was already a guarantee for my team either way. Shame tho, won't be playing world cup fantasy football now

                                                                                1. Fantasy Gold
                                                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                  10 days, 11 hours ago

                                                                                  lol

                                                                              • JurgenRodgers
                                                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                10 days, 12 hours ago

                                                                                Probably depends on New manager & formation..
                                                                                But very interesting

                                                                              • Fantastisk
                                                                                  10 days, 8 hours ago

                                                                                  They'd all walk into the England side. Embarrassing.

                                                                              • V I Lenin
                                                                                  10 days, 12 hours ago

                                                                                  Looking like pellegrini is in West Ham’s hands. Final decision depends on Rafa Benitez’s response to having all our money thrown at him in the next couple days. Excited for the first time in a while as a fan.

                                                                                  1. Athletico Timbo
                                                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                    10 days, 12 hours ago

                                                                                    Who is your preferred choice?

                                                                                    1. V I Lenin
                                                                                        10 days, 11 hours ago

                                                                                        Had been excited about pellegrini as soon as we were linked but rafa’s End of season has made me entirely indifferent. Incredible managers either way. Pellegrini has never fallen outside of the top 7 in any league he’s managed

                                                                                        1. Athletico Timbo
                                                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                          10 days, 11 hours ago

                                                                                          I can see Pellegrini taking it, less so Rafa. Were you not impressed by Moyes then?

                                                                                          1. V I Lenin
                                                                                              10 days, 11 hours ago

                                                                                              Effective for getting out of a relegation battle. Not taking forward a club with ambitions. I appreciate all he’s done but his time is up.

                                                                                              1. Athletico Timbo
                                                                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                10 days, 11 hours ago

                                                                                                Yep the modern day manager needs to play attacking football it seems. Or either be very successful doing the opposite. There's not a lot of love for the conservative approach and Moyes is certainly that.

                                                                                      • diesel001
                                                                                          10 days, 11 hours ago

                                                                                          West Ham's problem is that it is a London club, but not the best London club. So you get average players wanting to play for the Hammers because they want to live in London. The key in recruitment for West Ham for me is being able to sort the wheat from the chaff. In a way it is the opposite problem to Newcatle where players are lured to Manchester / London.

                                                                                          1. V I Lenin
                                                                                              10 days, 11 hours ago

                                                                                              This stadium was meant to establish us amongst the most desirable. Then we hired David Moyes. Pellegrini or Benitez will attract some talent for sure.

                                                                                              1. Random Name
                                                                                                  10 days, 11 hours ago

                                                                                                  "Pellegrini or Benitez will attract some talent for sure."

                                                                                                  The best defenders Pellegrini managed to attract was mangala, Bacary Sagna and Willy Caballero

                                                                                                • el polako
                                                                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                  10 days, 11 hours ago

                                                                                                  Thats if they let him buy players he actually wants.
                                                                                                  #nomorejoehart

                                                                                              2. Athletico Timbo
                                                                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                10 days, 11 hours ago

                                                                                                I think this living in London thing is a bit of a myth. Players from the north go out In London all the time. It's only a short flight away at the end of the day.

                                                                                            • Fantasy Gold
                                                                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                              10 days, 11 hours ago

                                                                                              Pellegrini plays exciting, attacking football.

                                                                                              Arnie would be a must.

                                                                                              Defence probably a no go

                                                                                              1. Bunk Moreland
                                                                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                10 days, 11 hours ago

                                                                                                Just like this season then.

                                                                                                1. V I Lenin
                                                                                                    10 days, 11 hours ago

                                                                                                    Except the exciting attacking football bit...

                                                                                            • Triggerlips
                                                                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                              10 days, 11 hours ago

                                                                                              Have England ever taken a worse midfield to a world cup?

                                                                                              Dier, Alli, Henderson, Delph Lingard, Sterling, RLC

                                                                                              Alli and Sterling are good but they are not workd class distributors.
                                                                                              Where is this generations Gascoine, Hoddle or Beckham?

                                                                                              1. Random Name
                                                                                                  10 days, 11 hours ago

                                                                                                  Nope.

                                                                                                  The 3 most creative Midfielders this country has to offer - Wilshere, Shelvey and Oxlade-chamberlain.

                                                                                                  None of them are on the plane to Russia, and 2 of them are Southgate's fault

                                                                                                  1. Tony Hibbert
                                                                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                    10 days, 11 hours ago

                                                                                                    Lol.

                                                                                                • diesel001
                                                                                                    10 days, 11 hours ago

                                                                                                    Depends what you want your midfield to do. I saw Portugal and Greece win Euros with crap midfields and parking the bus. I think that parking the bus and playing on the counter attack is probably what would suit us best. But it is ballsy for an England manager to do that because it means accepting you are inferior to your opposition. Personally think England are inferior to a number of teams and are not in the Top 10 in the world.

                                                                                                  • Hoos01
                                                                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                    10 days, 9 hours ago

                                                                                                    Hey Triggerlips, your book helped me reach my best ever rank of 11k in just my second season. Thank you! However you have blocked me on twitter for asking your opinion on where you felt you might finish based on your rank around GW 30 I think. Was just an innocent q sir. All the best mate. Cheers.

                                                                                                    1. Fantastisk
                                                                                                        10 days, 8 hours ago

                                                                                                        Looool

                                                                                                  • Little Red Lacazette
                                                                                                      10 days, 11 hours ago

                                                                                                      Hope next season is better, got my highest OR ever in 3 full seasons in GW 17. Had my hopes high thinking I would finally finish in the top 10 at the end, didn't work, ended up at 51,886, operating between 20k and 75k for the rest. Hope I learned my lessons.

                                                                                                      1. Limited & Mediocre Mana…
                                                                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                        10 days, 11 hours ago

                                                                                                        What lessons would you say you've learned? How are you going to approach next season?

                                                                                                        1. Little Red Lacazette
                                                                                                            10 days, 11 hours ago

                                                                                                            Captain the hot streaker most, i.e should have put the arm band on Salah more instead of last seasons golden boot winner.

                                                                                                            Save the 2nd WC chip till much later, always use it early thinking it will give me an edge to gain early, always backfires. I'm stubborn, I know, but no more.

                                                                                                            Make sure you don't keep some hard hitters earlier in the season, very late in the season when its kinda obvious they at great risk of being rotated. Still had Ota in the last game. 0 points.

                                                                                                            Don't transfer in a new player (Walcott) and keep him after he got a ton of points in the first, is it 2nd game? at Everton and keep him hoping he will turn into a wonder while losing tons of player value. When you never got in the first haul.

                                                                                                            1. Limited & Mediocre Mana…
                                                                                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                              10 days, 11 hours ago

                                                                                                              2nd point 100% - WC is still (IMO) the most useful chip, the "get out of jail" card and the one that allows most flexibility in planning around DGWs/BGWs. There were many on here asking "should I WC this?" at random times for no reason, when their teams had only minor issues.

                                                                                                              4th point was a classic point chasing scenario. I was tempted, then I checked Walcott's stats! Thank goodness I avoided him.

                                                                                                              1. Little Red Lacazette
                                                                                                                  10 days, 11 hours ago

                                                                                                                  You had an awesome season, congrats, guess you knew all (some of ) the above already. Hope to be limited and mediocre next season like you.

                                                                                                                  You never commented about points 1 and 3.

                                                                                                        2. Pirlø's Pen
                                                                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                          10 days, 11 hours ago

                                                                                                          So... World Cup fantasy.

                                                                                                          Anyone nailed in your team?

                                                                                                          I like the look of Werner, Mertens (if mid) & Jesus.

                                                                                                          1. V I Lenin
                                                                                                              10 days, 11 hours ago

                                                                                                              Recently got advice on picking players that aren’t going to be rotated later on in the group stage, a case of identifying those for me. Unfortunately I think mertens will be an St as that’s where he plays domestically

                                                                                                            • Karan14 - (Balegium)
                                                                                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                              10 days, 11 hours ago

                                                                                                              Salah, Ronaldo & Lewandowski.
                                                                                                              A German defender.

                                                                                                              1. Pirlø's Pen
                                                                                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                10 days, 11 hours ago

                                                                                                                The rest of your team will be 4.5s.

                                                                                                                1. Karan14 - (Balegium)
                                                                                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                  10 days, 11 hours ago

                                                                                                                  Will go for 442 or 433.
                                                                                                                  Werner & Mertens far from nailed. Firmino to be rotated with Jesus?

                                                                                                            • el polako
                                                                                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                              10 days, 11 hours ago

                                                                                                              Zielinski

                                                                                                          2. JurgenRodgers
                                                                                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                            10 days, 11 hours ago

                                                                                                            14 June World cup starts

                                                                                                            1. Random Name
                                                                                                                10 days, 11 hours ago

                                                                                                                Thank God JURGENRODGERS has told us when the world cup is gonna start.

                                                                                                                How were we ever gonna find out that invaluable information

                                                                                                                1. Fantasy Gold
                                                                                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                  10 days, 11 hours ago

                                                                                                                  lol

                                                                                                                2. JurgenRodgers
                                                                                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                  10 days, 11 hours ago

                                                                                                                  It was a repl fail..
                                                                                                                  Meant to say World cup starts June 14 + Pl fixtures announced lol

                                                                                                                  1. Flapjack ✅
                                                                                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                    10 days, 11 hours ago

                                                                                                                    LOL

                                                                                                            2. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
                                                                                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                              10 days, 11 hours ago

                                                                                                              If you're quick you can be the first to post on the new article. It's a dream come true to some.

                                                                                                              https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/2018/05/17/the-scoutcast-episode-262-retrospective/

                                                                                                            3. It's gonna Ben Mee
                                                                                                                10 days, 11 hours ago

                                                                                                                You plan on joining any World Cup fantasy? If yes, which one?

                                                                                                                After a horrific FPL season I feel pretty keen on just enjoying the games but I know that wont happen in the end...

                                                                                                              • FPLchess.net
                                                                                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                10 days, 35 mins ago

                                                                                                                I stopped two guys joining the FPL Chess League in GW34, and then I ticked the cut off box. It didn't seem fair that they'd go straight to the top of the league. Any opinions on the best week to pull the plug on new members? GW19 perhaps?

                                                                                                                1. FC Lackless [BALEGIUM]
                                                                                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                  10 days, 29 mins ago

                                                                                                                  gw 2 max ... if they're not in they're out.

                                                                                                              • G-Whizz
                                                                                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                • Has Moderation Rights
                                                                                                                9 days, 6 hours ago

                                                                                                                Yusuf who won the title said this on Twitter:
                                                                                                                Hi guys, some of you have been asking for some tips.This article covers some things I did this season. Hope you find it useful... https://t.co/pmNnnkqVMK